Bionic Sciences, Inc.

Industry: Assistive technology for people with spinal cord injuries

Bionic Sciences has created an assistive device that offers people paralyzed by spinal cord injuries better control of their environment via a simple tongue piercing.
The system uses a tongue stud that transmits the wearer’s tongue movements as commands to a WiFi-connected device, which can be linked to wheelchairs, computers and home automation systems. The system could be used to drive a wheelchair, browse the web, write and send emails or control a home thermostat or security system. 
Around 265,000 people in the U.S. have spinal cord injuries, and current assistive technology has many limitations. The U.S. market potential is $750 million to $1.5 billion for people with tetraplegic paralysis and $500 million to $1 billion for people with paraplegic paralysis. 

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